THAT Primetime Show … Part II

The completely inadequate response…. next step – complaint to BAI.


Dear Sir/Madam,


Thank you for your email.   As a large number of identical or very similar e-mails have been received on this issue, unfortunately, an individualised response is not possible.


RTÉ does not accept that the Prime Time coverage of the debate surrounding the death of Savita Halappanavar’s death was unbalanced.  A  studio debate was prefaced by a balanced report that included advocates on both sides, as well as a range of legal experts.  In studio was a former Master of a Maternity Hospital, Peter Boylan arguing that the current interpretation of law in Ireland creates uncertainty, Dr Berry Kiely of the Pro-Life Campaign,  Roger Clements, a retired Consultant Gynaecologist and Obstetrician in London and a Fianna Fáil politician, Billy Kelleher.  Both Dr Clements and Dr Boylan disagreed with Dr Kiely about her interpretation of the current situation.  The fact that neither Dr Clements nor Dr Boylan formally represented a pro-choice position is, in RTÉ’s view,  entirely irrelevant; they both took a position opposed to that of Dr Kiely.


In regard to gender; there were nine contributors across the report and studio debate – five of these were male and four were female.


If you are not satisfied with this response, you are entitled to make a complaint to the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland.  Information on the BAI’s complaints process is available on the BAI website,


Yours sincerely,


Céire Duggan

RTÉ Corporate Communications”

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